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University Hosts Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow

September 9, 2013

Averett University has invited Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Mike Markovits, an internationally renowned global leadership expert, for an intensive week-long visit. Markovits will conduct classes, seminars, workshops, and lectures and will meet with students and faculty members informally throughout the week to share his practical knowledge in the areas of business and leadership.

In addition, he will give a free presentation to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. in Blount Chapel. The presentation will focus on the leadership characteristics required for success in our increasingly global world.

When Markovits left IBM at the end of 2010, he was vice president of leadership. He now works for AchieveMission, as a partner responsible for consulting services. AchieveMission is a non-profit consulting services organization that helps other non-profits improve their management of human capital. In addition, he retains an independent leadership consultant practice that specializes in succession planning, leadership development and coaching.

Markovits has been a member of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Program since 2008.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders, and other professionals to campuses across the United States for a week-long residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures, and informal discussions. For 35 years, the Visiting Fellows have been introducing students and faculty members at liberal arts colleges to a wide range of perspectives on life, society, community, and achievement. The Visiting Fellows program is available to all four-year colleges and universities. For more information, visit CIC's website at